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Leopard Gecko (Eublepharis macularius)

  • Leopard geckos have a small “bark” they use if agitated
  • Unlike most other gecko species, the leopard gecko has eyelids. They can even blink and close their eyes while sleeping
  • Like many lizards, the leopard gecko has a tail that can come off if grabbed by a predator. Giving them time to escape
  • Leopard geckos are nocturnal, keeping out of the heat of the day, emerging at night from holes and crevices to hunt for food
  • A leopard gecko’s sex is determined by incubation temperature. At 90° F, virtually all the eggs are male; near 80° F, most of the eggs will be female. An incubation temperature of 85° F will produce about an equal number of males and females
  • Leopard gecko tails are used as a fat storage in case of food shortages
  • When hunting, mating, and defending territory leopard geckos shake there tails
  • The Latin genus/species name of leopard gecko is, Eublepharis macularius, meaning well-made eyelid and spotted
  • Unlike most other geckos leopards have little claws instead of sticky pads
  •  With eyesight comparable to a cat’s, geckos can see better than any other lizard whose vision has been studied

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